DAY TWO - FOREVER JEJU 02.06.2015

Day Two:




That morning, we checked out from The Greencastle Pension in Seogwipo (after another round of wefie) because that night we would move to another hotel near Seongsan Ilchubong. Wak drove us to our first destination - The O' Sulloc Tea Museum and the Innisfree Outlet beside it. There is an area of tea plantation right beside it which looked like a set for a Bollywood film where the lovebirds would sing and dance in between the tea plants!



The tea museum also has a shop and a cafe where you can buy 1001 types of tea or eat a matcha green tea ice cream. I had a hard time choosing the tea because of the various flavours and packaging. The ice cream is suitable for diabetics because it was not sweet at all... :P


Next to it is the Innisfree shop where you can buy beauty products that emphasizes on natural ingredients, including those found in Jeju. There is also a workshop and a cafe.



By the time we left the museum, the sky grew darker and the rain began to fall. We decided to take shelter at the Hello Kitty Outlet nearby. I bet children would go ga-ga over the place and the merchandise but the souvenirs were a bit pricey.


Next, we made our way to Jeongbang Waterfall in Seogwipo where it falls and flows into the sea.  The rain didn't stop us from going down to the rocks in front of the waterfall. We were determined to capture the scene as near as possible. We even bought some hallabongs oranges and chocolates from the shops there. They were sweet and succulent!




                                                     
By the time we left the waterfall, everyone was feeling hungry. We had lunch at a seafood restaurant nearby before we stopped by the Saeyeon (gyo) bridge nearby that connects to a little island called Saeseom Island.



                                   




I saw a Hanyeo diver going into the sea and emerging  a few times to catch her breath. She was awesome! Most Hanyeo divers are already well into their 50s and 60s....! These ahjummas catch seafood for their livelihood. Respect!

Our next stop was the Jusangjeolli Cliff in Jungmun, Seogwipo which is full of Harubangs or Grandfather's Statues. Thousands of years of crushing waves had formed hundreds of natural black geometric rocks along the cliff.  They looked simply magnificent.





"Dol hareubangs, also called tol harubangshareubangs, or harubangs, are large rock statues found on Jeju Island off the southern tip of South Korea. They are considered to be gods offering both protection and fertility and were placed outside of gates for protection against demons travelling between realities" (Wikipedia)




It was still drizzling when we left the Cliff to go to the Teddy Bear Museum, also in Jungmun, Seogwipo. There are many resorts and hotels here and other tourist attractions like Yeomiji Botanical Garden,  Pacific Land, Chocolate Land, Jeju International Peace Center, Cheonjeyeon Falls, Jusangjeolli Cliff, etc.

I am not a bear enthusiast but I did fell in love with the cute teddy bears in the museum. You can find 1001 characters there, including the compulsory Michael Jackson, the Beatles and even Gandhi! Afterwards, we had tea and shrimp burgers at the Lotteria there.







We were actually running out of time when we decided to go to the Alive Museum in Jungmun. We only had 30 minutes to spare so we had to rush through all the 3D paintings there, There are many themes for you to pose to, inside and outside the Museum. So we went a little crazy in there.  :P





We were  all tired but happy after all the adventures we had that day. It was already late into the evening and we were hungry. Our dinner was seafood hotpot at a restaurant that was empty of people. It was nearly closing time. We were probably the last customers. 





Our accommodation was at Hera Hotel in Seongsan, just a few minutes away from Seongsan Ilchubong but quite far from Seogwipo. We were going to climb the majestic-looking Seongsan Ilchubong very early in the morning so that we could see the sunrise from the peak of the hill. But for now, it was time to take a break and recharge!  Zzzzzzzz.......

Stay tune for Jeju : Day Three.

















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